Birmingham vs QPR preview: Championship clash live on Sky Sports Football
Birm’ham vs QPR
Sky Bet Ch’boat
7:45pm Wednesday 11th December
St. Andrew’s Stadium
Birmingham face QPR at the Sky Bet Championship on Wednesday, live on Sky Sports Football.
Birmingham will be without Jake Clarke-Salter and Dan Crowley if they face QPR at a Sky Bet Championship clash at St Andrew’s on Wednesday night. On-loan Chelsea shield Clarke-Salter is out for 3 weeks with a shoulder injury sustained in the 3-2 win at Reading on Saturday, although midfielder Crowley picked up a hamstring injury in that match and can be sidelined for two weeks.
Manager Pep Clotet has midfielders Gary Gardner along with Fran Villalba available. Villalba missed the game with the Royals with a small hamstring strain, although Gardner hasn’t played because mid-October due to a knee problem Clotet, though, stays without a variety of other players, such as Marc Roberts (foot ), Maikel Kieftenbeld (knee) and David Stockdale (hands ).
With no new injury concerns, QPR boss Mark Warburton is likely to name an unchanged. Rangers finished a seven-match winless streak with a 2-0 victory at home on Saturday, in which 21-year-old Eberechi Eze chose a brace to take his tally to nine for the season to Preston.
Yoann Barbet has a prospect of becoming involved as he closes in on a return following a seven-week absence with a hamstring problem. Whilst midfielder Charlie Owens is out with a knee injury, goalkeeper Liam Kelly remains sidelined with a torn thigh muscle.
Birmingham’s 3-2 triumph over Reading was their first since October 26, taking their unbeaten run to four following preceding attractions with Millwall, Sheffield Wednesday and Huddersfield.
QPR’s 2-0 triumph over Preston time out brought their winless streak coming after a 1-1 draw at Derby along with also a 4-0 defeat against Nottingham Forest.
It’s no exaggeration but following five wins in their first eight matches, those worries were extinguished from Mark Warburton following a masterclass.
It proved to be temporary, with the entire month of November and their defence leaking targets on a weekly basis along with also a winless streak that spanned October. Beating Preston 2-0 in the weekend attracted that miserable streak into an unexpected end, but it could end up being only a one off, when Rangers slip back into their old ways.
Birmingham City want to win successive league matches from QPR for the very first time since October 2008 (a run of 3 ).
QPR are unbeaten in three off league visits to Birmingham (W2 D1 L0) since losing 2-1 at October 2015.
Birmingham have kept just one clean sheet in their last 13 league games, a 1-0 win against Blackburn in October.
QPR’s win over Preston at the weekend finished a run of seven Championship games without a victory (D3 L4). Indeed, the R recorded their first league clean sheet of the campaign.
A league-high 45 percent of Birmingham’s Championship goals this year were links (10/22), using their 10 led goals this year only one fewer than they managed in the entire of 2018-19.
QPR’s Ilias Chair has had more shots on target without scoring than any other Championship participant this season (11).
Last week, after a spell as caretaker boss, Birmingham on a permanent basis appointed Pep Clotet and that he marked the event with a win away in Reading. They had drawn too many games leading up to that and he’ll be hoping it’s a thing for them to assemble on.
QPR also obtained that triumph they were so desperate for against Preston at the weekend, which gave them the first clean sheet after a 19 games that were . The clubs are in similar places but I think Birmingham will advantage this.
David Prutton forecasts: 2-1 (17/2 with Sky Bet)